Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 4

The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus not only on sites within the existing real estate portfolio to further its master planning goals, but also take advantage of the intellectual capactity and creativity of its students and faculty.  The recently concluded design charrette, Paths, Places, and Portals, yielded a treasure trove of concepts to be incorporated into the 2012 Master Plan.  A series of posts will present the work of the teams.
 
Team 4 examined Chestnut Street, amplifying its possibilities as path, place, as well as the principal portal of the original Drexel campus, before it spread north and west:

Team 4 is comprised of Kevin Ardinger, Alison DiMaio, Andrew Milner, Michael Patterson, and Jennifer Shin.

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Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 3

The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus not only on sites within the existing real estate portfolio to further its master planning goals, but also take advantage of the intellectual capactity and creativity of its students and faculty.  The recently concluded design charrette, Paths, Places, and Portals, yielded a treasure trove of concepts to be incorporated into the 2012 Master Plan.  A series of posts will present the work of the teams.
 
Team 3 examined the JFK corridor, exploring ways to animate the connection between 30th Street Station and the Drexel campus:

Charrette Team 3 is comprised of Robert Berlardi, Sarah “Audrey” Small, Brennan Haydon, Stefania Gonzalez Lavagnin, and Miguel A. Vargas.

Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 2

The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus not only on sites within the existing real estate portfolio to further its master planning goals, but also take advantage of the intellectual capactity and creativity of its students and faculty.  The recently concluded design charrette, Paths, Places, and Portals, yielded a treasure trove of concepts to be incorporated into the 2012 Master Plan.  A series of posts will present the work of the teams.
 
Team 2 examined Market Street as not only a path, but also a series of places as well as the principal portal to the Drexel campus:
 
 
 
 
Memebers of Charrette Team 2 include Lauren Serratore, Michael Magee, T.J. Barszczewski, Jim Yaw, and James Butera.

Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 1

The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus not only on sites within the existing real estate portfolio to further its master planning goals, but also take advantage of the intellectual capactity and creativity of its students and faculty.  The recently concluded design charrette, Paths, Places, and Portals, yielded a treasure trove of concepts to be incorporated into the 2012 Master Plan.  A series of posts will present the work of the teams.
 
Team 1 examined Market Street as not only a path, but also a series of places as well as the principal portal to the Drexel campus:
 

 

Charrette Team 1 is comprised of Evan Richter, Maureen McMenamin, John Suozzi,  Kevin Malawski, and Sandra Tilghman.

Future Sites: Drexel Smart House – Updated March 26, 2014

Updated: March 26, 2014. Take a look at the Drexel Smart House today, a year after the previous photos were taken:

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Photo credit: Emily Mitnick

Updated: March 28, 2013. The Smart House’s facade is shaping up beautifully. New windows have been installed throughout the house, and bright white woodwork emphasizes the prominence of the bay windows.

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Updated: July 16, 2012.  Work is in progress:

The Smart House is on the road to recovery.

Updated: September 1, 2011.  Heavy rains over a number of months, culminating with accumulations from Hurricane Irene, have caused significant buckling of the masonry on the west wall of the structure intended to house the Smart House:

Original Post: April 20, 2011.  The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus on sites within the existing real estate portfolio to further four goals: optimize the use of real estate resources, create a unique identity for the campus, connect Drexel to the communities around the campus, and achieve these goals sustainably. A series of posts will introduce those sites and describe some of their properties.

The Smart House is a large residence at 3520 Race Street in Powelton Village.  The Smart House is more than a house: it is a comprehensive experiential learning, research, and technology transfer program founded and led by Drexel students with support from faculty and administration.  Smart House is a recognized student organization with plans for implementing a living/learning environment on Race Street.

3520 Race Street, Philadelphia

The house is currently vacant and in need of extensive renovation.  Plans call for constructing an addition, which will function as a learning laboratory.  The residence will be renovated, providing housing managed as part of the University’s residential housing system, but reserved for participants in the Smart House program.  Learn more about the Smart House by visiting their web site at http://www.drexelsmarthouse.com/.

Current Issues: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building – Updated 11.4.13

Updated November 4, 2013. The Papadakis ISB recently received an Interior Green Wall Award at the 2013 CitiesAlive conference. Take a look at these two articles to learn more:

http://www.e-architect.co.uk/philadelphia/drexel_university_campus_building.htm

http://www.canadianinteriors.com/news/diamond-schmitts-award-winning-living-wall/1002686747/

Updated April 22, 2013. On September 20, 2011, the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, home of Drexel’s biology department and an important venue for scientific innovation and research, opened its doors. The LEED Gold building, designed by the Toronto architecture firm Diamond & Schmitt, features a five-story living biowall–the largest in North America–that utilizes plant biology to naturally filter the air. The biowall, created by NEDLAW Living Walls and installed by Parker Plants, offers an organic warmth and softness to a bright atrium characterized by hard lines, and is complemented nicely by a stunning helical staircase.

Below are some photos of the atrium.

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Photos of the exterior of the Integrated Sciences Building are featured below:

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Updated August 30, 2011.  A scene from Finian’s Rainbow:  Woodland Walk has reopened, but will remain open for two days only before construction on the LeBow College of Business Building narrows access along the walk for 2-1/2 more years.

The PISB is the building on the right.

Updated July 6, 2011.  Did you ever plant a wall?  The biowall would have made Euell Gibbons proud:

Updated May 13, 2011.  Glass is being installed on the student oriels:

Updated April 21.  The staircase is fully assembled:

Updated April 13.  Based on all of the comments received and new information about the fabrication of the stairs, I have decided that the metal panel is the appropriate solution for this problem.  Gypsum board would be subject to cracking and casual damage at the lobby level.  There are too many fabrication requirements to maintain a completely clean line on the underside of the stairs.

Original Post April 11, 2011.  The Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building is seventy-five days from Substantial Completion.  On of the most significant design features is the ornamental staircase rising four stories in the atrium, currently being assembled:

How to finish the underside of the stairs is the question.  Three options are available: 1) paint the exposed steel, revealing the beauty of the fabrication and craftsmanship, 2) enclose the underside of the stairs with gypsum board, or 3) enclose the underside with a metal panel.  The options are presented in order of cost from low to high.

Please reply to this post with your thoughts.

Buildings: Hotel and Conference Center from 2007 Master Plan

The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus on existing buildings to further four goals: optimize the use of real estate resources, create a unique identity for the campus, connect Drexel to the communities around the campus, and achieve these goals sustainably. 

The 2007 Master Plan enumerated eleven specific projects, one of which was titled “Hotel and Conference Center.”  The site for the complex, intended to be executed in partnership with a developer, is the northwest corner of Market & 30th Streets, directly across the street from 30th Street Station, the second busiest train station in the country:

Hotel and Conference Center is Location Number 11
Negotiations were in progress at the moment the economy turned down in 2008, when the market for new hotel beds and the funding for such projects evaporated.  Two of the final proposals included the following elevations:

As economic conditions improve through 2011 and beyond, this site is being rethought in the larger context of developable land around 30th Street Station and the opportunity for expanding mixed-use, residential neighborhoods immediately west of the Schuylkill River.